7 family-friendly attractions to visit in West Yorkshire
Whether your family has a fascination for history or a love of the great outdoors, you’re sure to find a lot to like about West Yorkshire. Nestled in the Yorkshire countryside, just 14 miles from the bustling multicultural city of Leeds, the Pennine Manor Hotel is the ideal place from which to explore this distinctly Northern county. Keep everybody happy by visiting our recommended family-favourites.
As the UK’s last remaining cloth hall and a vital symbol of Halifax’s role in the international wool trade, Piece Hall should definitely be included in your West Yorkshire itinerary. Having re-opened in 2017, this grade I listed building has attracted visitors from far and wide. Family fun is guaranteed, with a selection of independent bars, restaurants, cafes, and shops. Yorkshire’s “most important secular building” also offers a year-round program of live entertainments, with Duran Duran and Tom Jones among the line-up.
You can enjoy more of an insight into the fascinating and varied history of Halifax at the Shibden Hall and Estate, which dates back to the 15th century. The knowledgeable guides will be happy to share the stories of the noted diarist Anne Lister, who lived and worked in the hall from 1791-1840. Children will also be keen to explore the garden playground and play pitch and putt. Just remember to book your tickets in advance.
Tolson Museum & Ravensknowle Park
You can learn all about Huddersfield’s cultural and industrial history at the Tolson Museum. Set within the idyllic surrounds of Ravensknowle Park, this Victorian mansion features a range of archaeological and natural exhibits. You can discover what life would have been like in the reconstructed Victorian classroom before viewing historic vehicles including Britain’s rarest car – the three-wheeled LSD.
National Coal Mining Museum
You can get hands-on with history on an underground tour of the National Coal Mining Museum. There’ll be the chance to hear the tales of the former mine-workers and see a variety of exhibits before heading back above ground to find out more about the history of the local community. Kids will be keen to meet the ponies and explore the adventure playground before settling down at the museum cafe.
Having been founded over 800 years ago, the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey remain standing to this day. You can learn all about the history of this Cistercean monastery on a guided tour complete with explanations of the religious architecture. Time should also be taken to explore the park and browse the range of locally-sourced products at the market.
The National Children’s Museum of Eureka is a must visit for kids aged 0-11. There’s a whole day of fun to be had exploring the 6 zones, with a great range of hands-on exhibits and opportunities to learn. Again, you should book early, with the numbers of people in the museum being kept down following Covid.
The Royal Armories Museum
A day out in Leeds won’t be complete without a tour of the Royal Armories Museum. With more than 4,500 objects across five galleries, this free-to-visit museum promises a fascinating insight into history, art, and culture through the ages. Join the crowds to watch the live combat demonstrations and take part in immersive events such as the virtual reality escape room experience.
Book Your Stay
Of course, you’ll need a cozy retreat to return to after fun-filled days exploring the family-friendly attractions of West Yorkshire. And there’s no better choice than the Pennine Manor. Go ahead and make your online booking today.